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30 Things You Can Clean in the Dishwasher (That Aren’t Dishes)

Dishwasher with both racks pulled out. Image credit: Casterly Stock

October 2023


One of the nice things about South and Hickory Place is that every apartment includes a dishwasher. And if you’re not aware, your dishwasher can clean a lot more than just your dirty dishes and silverware. If you’re wondering why you should bother, your dishwasher disinfects and cleans things better that hand washing. Check out our list of 30 things you could be cleaning in your dishwasher.


  • Appliance knobs
  • Baseball caps
  • Candle holders
  • Cat toys, collars, and food bowls
  • Contact lens cases
  • Dish drainers and sink caddies
  • Dustpans and small brooms
  • Flowerpots
  • Hairbrushes and combs
  • Loofahs and bath brushes
  • Kitchen and bathroom sponges
  • Kitchen exhaust fan filters
  • Kitchen trivets
  • Manicure and pedicure tools
  • Microwave turntable trays
  • Flip-flops or shower shoes
  • Produce brushes
  • Razors
  • Rubber tub mats
  • Shower caddies
  • Shower poofs
  • Silicone over mitts
  • Sink strainers
  • Small wastebaskets
  • Soap dishes
  • Sports equipment like mouthguards, shin guards, or golf balls
  • Toothbrushes and toothbrush holders
  • Vacuum attachments
  • Vases
  • Ziplock bags


Before putting any non-traditional dishwasher items inside, check their labels or manufacturer instructions to ensure they are dishwasher-safe. Be sure to place any items that are delicate – like sponges – in the top rack. Also, place small items – like tooth brushes – in the cutlery bin so they don’t get lost.